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Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2009


Colour: Red
Producer: Château Léoville Las Cases
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: St Julien
Grape Variety: Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2009

1 case
Equiv. £204.17 per bottle
3 cases
Equiv. £208.33 per bottle

Tasting Note:

Our runaway winner in the left bank, this really should have been pitched against the first growths such is its ethereal beauty and breed. One of the rather mundane questions we ask each other between Chateaux visits to break the awkward silence is so what has been the best wine so far?, and Leoville Las Cases kept being mentioned with alarming frequency. Maybe we're being partisan, but Las Cases keeps getting our vote. A stunning bouquet of liquid minerals, graphite, crème de cassis, violets, liquorice and gravel. The attack is pure cassis fruit, then layer upon layer of sumptuous hedonistic fruit including wild strawberries and chocolate liqueur fruits. This is explosive yet poised; refreshing and taut. It possesses serious power and length of flavour, suave fruit, impeccable balance and laser like precision. It is simply a tour de force; an exquisite Las Cases!

"The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien." 98+/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199

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